Emergency Doctor Given Queen's Accolade

An Edinburgh emergency doctor who helped to develop life-saving techniques enabling more patients to survive before they reach hospital has been awarded an MBE.
Professor Richard Lyon, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Clinical Lead for the Medic1 pre-hospital team, is being rewarded for his commitment, pioneering pre-hospital research and his work as a volunteer responder to medical emergencies.
Professor Lyon, who volunteers with the British Association of Immediate Care responding to accidents and life-threatening emergencies, said he was humbled to receive the award:
“Working on the frontline of emergency medicine for over a decade, I have seen life at its extremes - both cruel and kind. I have been lucky enough to care for some of the bravest patients and their relatives and am privileged to work with paramedics, doctors, pilots and nurses of the very highest calibre on a daily basis.”
Professor Lyon has a passionate interest in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, trauma and resuscitation; his research has ultimately led to changes in local and national practice in pre-hospital care, with many lives saved as a result.
Jim Crombie, Deputy Chief Executive, NHS Lothian, said:
“This is wonderful news and I’d like to offer my sincere congratulations to Professor Richard Lyon for his hard work and dedication. He has devoted an incredible amount of energy and passion to the work he does and rightly deserves this award. The work he is doing really captures the spirit of what our staff are doing day in, day out – saving lives and helping people.”
Professor Lyon was also part of the Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS Lothian’s Resuscitation Research Group team awarded the British Medical Journal Emergency Medicine team of the Year Award for their life-saving projects on cardiac arrest in south east Scotland.
He is a volunteer doctor on the UK International Search and Rescue Team and, closely supported by NHS Lothian, deployed as part of the rescue and humanitarian relief effort to the Nepal Earthquake.
In addition, he is Associate Medical Director of Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance where he leads on research and development. He also holds the Chair of Pre-hospital Emergency Care at the University of Surrey. As well as his research interests, he is a passionate speaker, always aiming to inspire others to learn, improve and save lives.  He regularly volunteers to train first responders and ambulance crews in the latest emergency medicine techniques.